Shelton (WTNH) - News Channel 8 is getting to the bottom of controversy surrounding Shelton High School by talking to an authority on the subject.
Since we first uncovered fire code violations at Shelton High School there have been shifting positions, explanations and accusations from people involved in the school's expansion project.
We've received strong reactions to our Count on 8 Investigation, reporting the absence of an automatic sprinkler system in many classrooms and hallways at Shelton High School. That is an apparent violation of the State Fire Safety Code as many classrooms at the high school also have no windows or emergency exits.
Some people believe that Mayor Mark Lauretti was taken out of context when he said that "the only thing that can burn is paper and people."
A longer version of the Mayor Lauretti's response reads:
"I do know there are very few incidents that occur in a building like that. There is not much that can burn other than paper and people, some electrical components. Fortunately we have dodged any bullet that may have come in that regard."
However, both members of the High School's building committee and the firm hired to oversee the school's expansion, adamantly claim there's no bullet to dodge and that nothing in the State's Fire Safety Code required the classrooms to have sprinklers.
News Channel 8 checked in with Milford's Fire Marshal, Lee Cooke. "If this room is used as a classroom and there are no windows and no direct exits to the outside? Oops, we have a problem and somewhere and somehow someone is going to have to correct it," he said.
Not only did Cooke order sprinklers installed at Foran High when he discovered code violations, he helped write the Connecticut Fire and Safety Code which says that every room or space greater than 250 ft., used as a classroom, or educational purpose, or normally subject to student occupancy, shall have not less than one outside window for emergency rescue."
"Unless a building is protected throughout by an approved sprinkler system."
"Right," said Cooke.
Shelton's Fire Marshal claims the state approved plans for the school without sprinklers in the older part of the building.
However, a spokesman for the Department of Education says the city never submitted drawings of the plans and that the department has no authority to enforce the Fire Saftey Code. That's the job of the State Fire Marshal who is now in the process of investigating.
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